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Even novice managers recognize that their organization performs at its best when the workers are engaged and morale is high. What is often missed, however, is that leaders and managers must make every effort to be engaged with their workers before the workers will reciprocate with engagement in the organization.
Or to put it another way, people are not particularly inspired or effectively motivated by managers and leaders who seem unengaged, aloof, or disinterested in them. So what does it mean for a leader to be engaged?
Dependent on the context, the English word "engagement" has a variety of connotations, including:
These four words provide a helpful roadmap for the process by which leaders engage their people.
These are key elements in connecting with your people:
When a leader consistently demonstrates a commitment to his or her people, they are far more likely to be engaged workers. To demonstrate commitment to the workers on your team, take actions such as these:
© 2014, Dr. Mike Armour